Sermons on Crucifixion
Sermon text: Luke 23:32-49 Crucifixion was one of the most horrific forms of punishment ever devised by mankind. The treatment Jesus received prior to His crucifixion was brutal and sadistic. Taken together, Jesus suffered the worst death imaginable. He was mocked and jeered by the Jewish leaders, the Roman soldiers, the crowd, and even the criminals hanging beside Him. Yet He endured all of this to save us from our sin.
Sermon text: Mark 16:1-8 For centuries, scholars have debated exactly where the book of Mark ends. While chapter 16 has twenty verses in virtually every Bible, the last twelve verses are disputed. Your Bible may very well have a note in its margins about this. What if verse eight is in fact the final verse of Mark’s gospel? It would create a challenging cliffhanger for all who read it.
Sermon text: 1 John 4:9-10 The greatest demonstration of God’s love is Jesus Christ. When God sent His only begotten Son to die for mankind’s sin, God gave the most precious gift He could give. What’s even more amazing about this is that God showed us this love before we even loved Him.
Jesus never sinned, even once. Yet He willingly took our place to pay for our sins. All of them. This one great act by Jesus allows those who trust Him as Lord to be deemed righteous by God the Father.
Peter failed miserably the night before Jesus’ crucifixion. He had denied the Lord three times. There was no time to make amends. Jesus was dead, and the disciples were in total disarray. Then Jesus rose from the dead. And how Jesus dealt with Peter’s failure is an encouragement to us all.
God originally commanded Israel to observe the Day of Atonement every year. But with Jesus’ coming and His sacrifice, the Day of Atonement has been rendered obsolete. It is obsolete because Jesus, our High Priest, gave Himself on the cross of Calvary. He alone atoned for the sin of the world. This ushered in a new way of relating with God. No longer would worship only be “skin deep.” Now God would inhabit the hearts of those who put their…
Jesus rode triumphantly into Jerusalem on what we call Palm Sunday. Less than a week later those who cheered for him demanded his crucifixion. Christians need to realize that we will face opposition when we tell others about Jesus. We will ultimately be triumphant, but we must recognize the cost of discipleship.
Jesus and his disciples spent a lot of time in the Garden of Gethsemane. Their last trip there together ended with Jesus’ arrest. He would be crucified the next day. Those who were in the garden that night give us a picture of humanity. The guards, the Jewish leaders, Judas Iscariot, and the disciples all fell short. Jesus on the other hand, was perfect and sinless.
God gave us the greatest and most wonderful gift. His name is Jesus.
As the writer of Hebrews begins to wrap up his letter, he encourages his readers to be thankful. He urges those who have received salvation through Jesus Christ to be persistent in offering the sacrifice of praise. But this praise should not be silent. We must let others know of our thankfulness for His great grace. And while our praise should be persistent and public, it must also be practical. This means that our thankfulness should extend to telling and…